Patriots 35, Jaguars 7

Randy Moss stared at the scoreboard after his third touchdown

catch and saw a fan wearing a Randy Moss mask on the screen.

The real Randy – the one who played hard Sunday – stood on the

sideline with a huge grin as he made his parting-of-the-defense

motion, sweeping his arms from his chest to his sides.

“That was very entertaining,” Moss said after the New England

Patriots clinched the AFC East title with a 35-7 win over the

Jacksonville Jaguars. “I had a lot of my teammates wanting me to

mess with the guy. So he put a little humor into it and I enjoyed

it.”

After his last home game, a 20-10 win over Carolina, several

Panthers questioned his effort. So did Patriots fans the following

week. But on Sunday they chanted his name, “Randy, Randy,

Randy.”

And Moss, who has sold the mask on his Web site , appreciated

it.

“My last performance here wasn’t really too hot,” he said.

“The good thing about (Sunday’s game) is everybody had fun.”

Everybody but the Jaguars (7-8), who still have a slim chance of

getting a wild-card berth.

“It was embarrassing,” Jacksonville safety Sean Considine

said. “When a playoff spot is on the line, and the opportunity is

in front of you, it’s hard to believe we got physically handled

like that.”

The Patriots (10-5) won the AFC East for the seventh time in

nine years after missing the playoffs last season.

“Regardless of stats, regardless of everything, getting the

(AFC East championship) hat and T-shirt is what we’re out here

for,” running back Sammy Morris said.

Brady threw four touchdown passes and the young defense put

together its third straight solid game.

The Patriots have won three in a row by a combined score of

72-27 after losing three of four.

“It’s the time of year where we really need to start playing

good football,” Brady said, “and I think today was one of our

best 60 minutes that we played all year.”

Brady rebounded after throwing for just 307 yards with two

touchdowns and two interceptions in his previous two games. He

completed 23 of 26 passes for 267 yards, reminiscent of his

brilliance the last time the teams met – 26 of 28 for 262 yards

with three touchdowns and no interceptions in a 31-20 divisional

playoff win on Jan. 12, 2008.

The Patriots rushed for a season-high 197 yards Sunday.

“I wasn’t surprised at the way they played,” Jaguars

cornerback Rashean Mathis said. “The game meant a lot to

them.”

Jacksonville dropped its third straight game and fourth in its

past five after starting 6-4.

“We were in the front seat for the playoffs and we just fell

apart,” said Maurice Jones-Drew, who was held to 63 yards rushing.

“I don’t understand how we as players can do that.”

Moss began his comeback from the Carolina game by catching a

touchdown pass the next week in a 17-10 win at Buffalo. Against the

Jaguars, he was unusually animated.

“I think any time he scores touchdowns he gets pretty

animated,” Brady said. “I’m looking for one of those masks on

eBay.”

Moss caught a 2-yard pass for the first touchdown after the

Patriots got the ball on downs at the Jacksonville 35. Then, with

45 seconds left in the half, Moss raised his hand in the back of

the end zone after breaking his pattern to go for the open spot and

Brady found him for a 6-yard score and a 28-0 halftime lead.

His third touchdown came six seconds into the fourth quarter, a

17-yarder on which he reached the ball out to the goal line.

Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio challenged and, while officials reviewed

the play, fans chanted his name.

The touchdown call was upheld, giving Moss the ninth

three-touchdown game of his career, and Stephen Gostkowski’s extra

point made it 35-0. Moss finished with four catches for 45

yards.

Jacksonville finally scored with 12:41 left on a 2-yard keeper

by David Garrard.

The Jaguars ended the first series of the game by forcing

Laurence Maroney to fumble at the Jacksonville 1-yard line then

turned the ball over on downs at their 35. On the first possession

of the third quarter they moved from their 26 to the Patriots 5

before Garrard was intercepted by Shawn Springs.

The Patriots also scored on Chris Baker’s 26-yard reception and

Morris’ 1-yard run.

The Jaguars couldn’t stop Wes Welker either. He had 13 catches

for 138 yards, his seventh game of the season with at least 10

receptions and sixth with at least 100 yards. He leads the NFL with

122 catches after getting 112 and 111 in his other two seasons with

New England.

“I knew my numbers would probably go up just having Tom and the

type of offense we’re in,” he said, “but I never knew it would be

like this.”

Notes: Brady wasn’t sacked for the fourth straight game as the

Jaguars remained last in the NFL with 14 sacks. … Morris tied his

career best with a 55-yard run. … Garrard completed 19 of 25

passes for 185 yards.